Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Psychology

Grand Forks, ND
Mar 24, 2021
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: DescriptionThe Psychology Department at the University of North Dakota seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the UND Sexual Violence Prevention Laboratory directed by RaeAnn E. Anderson as part of a new initiative to “Expanding the science of sexual violence to include marginalized and under-served communities in North Dakota”. The SVP Lab focuses on producing innovative, problem-focused research to prevent sexual violence, including research on both victimization and perpetration. We primarily study psychological and behavioral mechanisms relevant to understanding sexual violence in teens and young adults. The goal of this position is to continue expanding the work of the lab to include marginalized populations. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for a second year, pending annual review of performance and continued availability of funding. The appointment will be full-time and benefitted with funds available for conference travel/professional development, and a flexible start date of no later than July 1, 2021.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work with Dr. RaeAnn Anderson: and  to write (as a co-PI) at least two grant proposals extending and leveraging current research projects in the lab. Current projects include: testing the acceptability and feasibility of an online intervention for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to reduce their risk of rape in adulthood, the development of a culturally-adapted self-defense intervention for Indigenous women, a longitudinal study of rape acknowledgment and recovery, among others. This position is a part of the UND Grand Challenges initiative on Rural Health. The postdoctoral research associate will be encouraged to develop at least one independent project. The postdoctoral associate will be co-mentored by Dr. Doug McDonald, director of the Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE) program, to recruit and train Indigenous psychologists. Although this position will primarily focus on work with Dr. Anderson, there will be opportunity to collaborate with faculty and student researchers both within the Department of Psychology and across the university who are involved in the Rural Health and Communities Grand Challenge initiative.

Housed within the University of North Dakota’s largest college, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Psychology has 16 full-time faculty and approximately 500 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students with programs in Clinical (APA-approved), Experimental, and Forensic Psychology.

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe Postdoctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to publish multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts in addition to the required grant proposals. We seek a candidate with a strong interest in sexual violence and/or violence prevention especially as pertains to rural and Native American communities. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with students, community organizations, and interdisciplinary research teams. The successful candidate will be responsible for writing manuscripts, supervising undergraduate research assistants, and helping supervise data collection. The successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and interact with the larger psychology community at the University of North Dakota.

Required Competencies
  • Quantitative data analysis skills (regression, ANOVA, chi square) using SPSS or similar programs
  • APA style manuscript writing
Minimum Requirements
  • PhD in psychology, public health, counseling, social work or related field by July 1, 2021.
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis skills (regression, ANOVA, chi square) using SPSS or similar programs
  • Experience in APA style manuscript writing
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience with obtaining human subjects approvalsStrong record of peer-reviewed publicationsGrant writing experiencePrior experience with mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate studentsExperience with health and social problems in rural and/or Native American communities.
Minimum Hiring Salary


Work Schedule/Start DateThe appointment will be full-time with a flexible start date of May 1, 2021 at the earliest and no later than July 1, 2021.

To ApplyPlease submit cover letter, CV, and a contact information for a minimum of three references.  Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Joelle Ruthig, Chairperson, Department of Psychology:  [email protected] or [email protected]. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Position is open until filled.

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Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

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